Stoke & Staffordshire

Missing runner John Lawton: Funds raised at marathon

John Lawton with his wife Lynda, pic courtesy of
Image caption John's wife Lynda said he was an experienced marathon runner

The family of a South Cheshire athlete who disappeared in Greece have expressed their "enormous gratitude" to runners from his club who raised funds at the London Marathon.

Six people from the Sandbach Striders Running Club took part in the race with pictures of John Lawton on their backs.

The 62-year-old, from Alsager, went missing in an off-road race on 8 April.

His son Steve said the money raised would be used to "keep the search momentum going".

Speaking from Greece, he said: "We'll be talking to Missing Abroad to see how we can utilise those funds in a very active way."

An online collection has been set up to raise funds to ensure the search can continue, with Sandbach Striders already donating nearly £3,000.

Jason Bulley, one of the club's runners who took part in Sunday's marathon, said: "There's a feeling of helplessness as it's so far away.

"We've spent a lot of time thinking what we could do and running the marathon and raising awareness was just part of it."

Mr Lawton's wife Lynda, who raised the alarm when he failed to pass the finish line, and brother David are also in Greece to help with the search.

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